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2017/2018 Session

Date Topic Speaker/Social Event
12 February 2018 Information Security and Cyber Crime Risk Patrick Kelliher
8 February 2018 Chartered Actuary proposal Stirling talk - Stephen Cunningham
7 February 2018 Chartered Actuary proposal Glasgow talk - Dermot Grenham
7 February 2018 Chartered Actuary proposal Edinburgh talk - John Taylor
30 January 2018 Infrastructure risks Chris Lewin
16 January 2018 Actuaries - unlikely saviours of the world? Sandy Trust (Grant Thornton), Marianne Harper-Gow (Baillie Gifford) and Kaisie Rayner (Scottish Widows)
12 January 2018 Engaging with Employers of Actuaries, in Scotland Catherine Thorn and Debbie Atkins
19 December 2017 A customer-focused investment product minimising pensions plans Dr Catherine Donnelly
12 December 2017 Machine Learning Valerie du Preez
11 December 2017 Actuaries' Code Alan Watson
5 December 2017 Actuaries' Code Alan Watson
16 November 2017 Scottish Mortality - how is it different and why does it matter?
(Edinburgh)
Susan Hanlon, Mercer
15 November 2017 Mental Health in the Workplace
(Glasgow)
Josh Quigley, Tartan Explorer, and Lorna Gemme, Law at Work, Barclays
15 November 2017

Scottish mortality - how is it different and why does it matter?
(Glasgow)

Susan Hanlon, Mercer
9 November 2017 Scottish mortality - how is it different and why does it matter?
(Stirling)
Susan Hanlon, Mercer
2 November 2017 Longevity trends and CMI 2016
(Glasgow)
Conor O'Reilly and Siobhan Lough, Hymans Robertson
26 October 2017 Longevity trends and CMI 2016
(Stirling)
Conor O'Reilly and Siobhan Lough, Hymans Robertson
25 October 2017

Longevity trends and CMI 2016
(Edinburgh)

Conor O'Reilly and Siobhan Lough, Hymans Robertson
15 June 2017 DC Pensions: Consolidate and certify (Edinburgh) John McAleer and Gareth Doyle, Aon
14 June 2017 DC Pensions: Consolidate and certify (Glasgow) John McAleer and Gareth Doyle, Aon
9 June 2017 Reponsible investment: The new bottom line Anthony Plotnek and Rob Nakielny, EY
18 May 2017 IRM - Putting theory into practice for UK DB pension schemes (Glasgow) Presented by members of the Integrated Risk Managment (IRM) Working Party. include Andrew Hitchcox (chair), Chinu Patel, Chris Ramsey, Ed Studd, Lok Ma, Marian Elliott, and Tim Keogh.
17 May 2017 IRM - Putting theory into practice for UK DB pension schemes (Edinburgh) Presented by members of the Integrated Risk Managment (IRM) Working Party. include Andrew Hitchcox (chair), Chinu Patel, Chris Ramsey, Ed Studd, Lok Ma, Marian Elliott, and Tim Keogh.
26 April 2017 History of British Actuarial Thought Craig Turnbull, Standard Life
5 April 2017 Revised Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) (Edinburgh) Robert Inglis and Ann Muldoon, FRC
5 April 2017 Revised Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) (Stirling) Robert Inglis and Ann Muldoon, FRC
4 April 2017 Revised Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) (Glasgow) Robert Inglis and Ann Muldoon, FRC
29 March 2017 History of British Actuarial Thought Craig Turnbull, Standard Life
16 March 2017 A day in the life of .... a unit-linked actuary (Stirling) Craig Smith, Standard Life, and Robert Whitehouse, Royal London
9 March 2017 A day in the life of .... a unit-linked actuary (Edinburgh) Craig Smith, Standard Life, and Robert Whitehouse, Royal London
22 February 2017 A view from China Ellen Yang, KPMG
25 January 2017 The changing pensions landscape Sir Steve Webb, Director of Policy and External Communications at Royal London, and former Pensions Minister
19 January 2017 Genomics basis of human lifespan (Edinburgh) Peter Joshi FIA
11 January 2017 Genomics basis of human lifespan (Stirling) Peter Joshi FIA
23 November 2016 Being an effective actuary David Hare, former IFoA President
1 November 2016 - Glasgow
2 November 2016 - Edinburgh and Stirling
Presidential visit and strategy refresh Colin Wilson, President, IFoA, and Derek Cribb, CEO
27 October 2016 Actuarial data needs David Alison and Meshali Chotai, KPMG
25 October 2016 Target-risk equity funds John Caslin, Director, Alder Capital
5 October 2016 - Stirling
13 October 2016 - Edinburgh
Climate change - a classic risk management problem Sandy Trust, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton UK LLP
22 September 2016 Attention, deficit! Managing small pension schemes Andy Thomson, Director, Thomson Dickson Consulting Ltd
7 September 2016 -
Glasgow;
8 September 2016 -
Edinburgh and Stirling
Target-risk equity funds John Caslin

2015/2016 Session

Date Topic Speaker/Social Event
19 July 2016 FRC Consultation  (Glasgow and Edinburgh)
Changes to Specific Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) and rationale for changes
Robert Inglis, Ann Muldoon
18 July 2016 FRC Consultation  (Stirling)
Changes to Specific Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) and rationale for changes
Robert Inglis, Ann Muldoon
21 June 2016 Demographics Amy Wilson and Kirsty MacLachlan
20 June 2016 Microinsurance Eamon Kelly and Henry Yan
26 May 2016 Industrialised Financial Reporting Working Party Representatives from the Working Party
20 April 2016 Behavioural Economics and Financial Services Professor Liam Delaney, Director of Behavioural Science Centre, Stirling Management School
13 April 2016 The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA's) Disciplinary Scheme and You (meetings held in Stirling and Glasgow) Fiona Burrough, Case Manager, IFoA
30 March 2016 Public Sector Pension Changes
(meetings held in Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow)
Allan Martin
17 March 2016 EU Referendum Tim Werkhoven
16 March 2016 EU Referendum Tim Werkhoven
2 March 2016 Fundamentally re-thinking ALM Paul Fulcher, Nomura International
Neil Snyman, Aviva Investors
9 February 2016 The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA's) Disciplinary Scheme and You Fiona Burrough, Case Manager, IFoA
13 January 2016 What is funding liquidity risk and how can a bank manage it? Iain Ritchie, PhD Student, Heriot-Watt University
14 December 2015 The Challenges of an Ageing Population Professor David Bell and Professor Liam Delaney
1 December 2015 Risk Roadshow (Glasgow) Christine McConnell, Head of Regualtory Compliance, IFoA, and
Phil Doggart, Policy Manager, IFoA
1 December 2015 Risk Roadshow (Edinburgh) Christine McConnell, Head of Regulatory Compliance, IFoA, and
Phil Doggart, Policy Manager, IFoA
22 October 2015 Model-independent price bounds for the Swiss Re Mortality Bond 2003 Raj Bahl, PhD Student at the University of Edinburgh
15 & 19 September 2015 What is funding liquidity risk and how can a bank manage it? Presented by Iain Ritchie, PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. Hosted by Hymans Robertson, Glasgow and Edinburgh

2014/2015 Session

  • 26 May 2015 - Critial Illness Pricing: Can prices get any lower? Presented by Matthew Smith, Pacific Life Re.  Hosted by the IFoA, Edinburgh.  
     
  • 21 May 2015 - The 3 Rs: Risk, Regulation and Ring-fencing.  Navigating the pensions maize at UK banks.  Presented by Doug Baird and Sharon Midwinter, RBS.  Hosted at the IFoA, Edinburgh.
     
  • 7 May 2015 - Professional Skills Event - Solving business issues and dilemmas.  Presented by Tony Hewitt FIA, Lecturer at Imperial College, London (2008-2014)
             
  • 26 March 2015 - A sea change in pensions.  Presented by John Warburton, Executive Director, Distributions, and Sandy Trust, Corporate Pensions, Head of Unit Linked Funds, Prudential
     
  • 12 March 2015 - Demonstrating solvency by brute force is computationally tractable.  Presented by Mark Tucker, PhD student at the University of Edinburgh and hosted by Moody's Analytics
     
  • 26 February 2015 - Impact of the 2014 budget on DB pension schemes.  Presented by Steven Yates, Andrew Hornell and Stuart Cook, Towers Watson
     
  • 24 February 2015 - Recovery and resolution planning.  Presented by Sandy Reid from Standard Life and James Crispin from AEGON UK Plc.
     
  • 5 February 2015 - Current legislative developments in the pensions industry.  Presented by John Wilson, Head of Technical, JLT Benefit Solutions
     
  • 15 January 2015 - There's more to life than pensions.  Presented by Maggie Craig, Head of Savings and Investment Division, Policy, Risk and Research Division, Financial Conduct Authority
     
  • 4 December 2014 -  Joint KSS and CANUK event with two presentations:
    •  An Englishman in PRC. Presented by John Atherton, Standard Life.  
    • ​Trends and opportunities of investing in emerging markets.  Presented by Steven Yang Yu, Redington
       
  • 17 November 2014 - Adverse selection in a start-up long-term care insurance market.  Presented by Dr Craig Adams, Data Manager, Market Consistent Reporting, Aegon
     
  • 20 October 2014 - Talk 1 - Fund governance and oversight.  Talk 2 - Taxation of unit linked life funds.  Presented by George McCutcheon, Financial Risk Solutions Ltd.  Hosted by Prudential, Craigforth, Stirling
     
  • 30 September 2014 - Cause of death modelling.  Presented by Donald MacLeod, Chief Actuary, Scottish Friendly Assurance Society and Chair of the Cause of Death Modelling Party.  Hosted by KPMG, Gl
     
  • 10 September 2014 - Family fortunes. Perception vs reality around retirement.  Presented by Stephen Birch and Mark Jaffray, Hymans Robertson.  Hosted by Hymans Robertson, Edinburgh

2013/2014 Session

  • 25 September 2013 - Unmanageable Pensions debts - or perhaps "When push (pension debt) comes to shove (sponsoring employer insolvency).  Presented by Allan Martin. Hosted by KPMG Glasgow.
     
  • 28 November 2013 - A discussion in GMP Equalisation and Conversion and Changes to Accountancy Disclosures. Presented by Russell Laver and Murray Wright from JLT Group.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here. Hosted by JLT Group, Edinburgh.
     
  • 24 January 2014 - A progress report on the IFoA Quality Assurance Scheme. Presented by Ben Kemp, General Council of the IFoA. Hosted by Mercer, Edinburgh.
     
  • 6 February 2014 - Employer sponsored benefits - impact on the wider market. Presented by Lee Lovett, Head of Business Development, UK & Ireland, Munich Re.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here. Hosted by Standard Life, Edinburgh.
     
  • 20 February 2014 - The Economic Impact of Scottish independence. Speakers Prof David Bell, University of Stirling and Dr Angus Armstrong, National Institute of Economic & Social Research.  Hosted by Prudential, Stirling.
     
  • 13 March 2014 - Building and using an effective risk appetite framework.  Presented by Chris Cormack, Head of Financial Risk, Royal London.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here. Hosted by Royal London, Edinburgh.
     
  • 16 April 2014 - Alternative annuity design: constructing the pension schemes of the future. Presented by Dr Catherine Donnelly, Heriot Watt University. Hosted by Heriot Watt University.
     
  • 1 May 2014 - Banking for Actuaries. Presented by John Young, Head of Customer Value, Retail Products, RBS.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here.  Hosted by Ernst & Young, Edinburgh.
     
  • 12 June 2014 - Dealing with Government. Presented by Alan Rubenstein, Chief Executive of the Pension Protection Fund.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here.  Hosted by Hymans Robertson, Glasgow.  

2012/2013 Session

  • 17 April 2013 - Hope for the best but prepare for the worst – looking at the impact of a prolonged period of  low long term interest rates on pension fund and insurance company balance sheets.  Presented by Hamish Wilson.  Hosted by Hymans Robertson, Glasgow
     
  • 22 May 2013 - The impossibility of pensions – Can society support a retired population in the style it desires. Presented by Kate Yates. Hosted by Towers Watson, Edinburgh
     
  • 28 June 2013 - The forthcoming FCA annuity review and the implications for the industry.  Hosted by KPMG, Edinburgh
     
  • 31 Jul 2013 - Discussion of EIOPA A long term guarantee impact assessment Study.  Presented by Sandy Sharp.  Hosted by Prudential, Stirling

Contact Details

For information regarding regional societies, please contact the Senior Stakeholder Relationship Manager, Kirstie Smith.

kirstie.smith@actuaries.org.uk

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Events calendar

  • Pensions Conference 2019

    Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS1 3AD
    18-19 June 2019
    Spaces available

    Five plenaries and 13 workshops cover current topics and industry trends in the Pension sector with the opportunity to develop your network at the pre-conference evening dinner (18 June).  There is also a day ticket option available for the 19 June. 

  • KSS event – FinTech and The Actuarial Profession

    EY, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh
    19 June 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk from FinTech Scotland's CEO will explore the mission to create an integrated Fintech ecosystem through provision of funding, support, infrastructure and talent that recognises and responds to the needs of all stakeholders - and the overarching aim for Scotland to be one of the top 5 Fintech global leaders by 2020.

    To book your place, please email Barry_Shannon@standardlife.com 

  • Current Issues in General Insurance (CIGI) 2019

    Inmarsat, 99 City Road, London, EC1Y 1BJ
    19 June 2019

    Fully booked.

    CIGI is a well-established one-day seminar designed to increase awareness and encourage discussion on a variety of topical issues across the general insurance industry. 

    There will be an excellent and diverse line-up of speakers to provide a variety of perspectives and challenge covering technical and professional areas. 

  • Cass Event – New Thinking about Deferred Annuities

    Cass Business School, Executive Education Facilities 200 Aldersgate St, London EC1A 4HD
    25 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Our motivation for discussing this important subject comes from some exciting recent research which has analysed the impact of behavioural factors on the decision to purchase an annuity. This work has shown that behavioural factors can explain the well-known low demand for immediate annuities but this research also identifies an important opportunity in relation to deferred annuities (DA). The research suggests that these factors lead to positive incentives to purchase a DA and that, for longer deferred periods, a DA could be an attractive product for both consumers and insurers.

  • IFoA/SAS Joint Professional Skills Training – Singapore

    Room 903, NTUC Centre, Level 9, One Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018989
    25 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and Singapore Actuarial Society (SAS) are organising a joint Professional Skills Training (PST) in Singapore. This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Life, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • Webinar Series: Risk and Investment Conference 2019, 26 June

    These are online webinar events.
    26 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The IFoA’s Risk Management and Finance and Investment Boards are delighted to host a series of webinars covering a range of topical and trending topics ranging from climate related risks to Brexit.

  • AGM and Presidential Address 2019 + Volunteer and Member Drinks Reception

    The Hub  Castlehill Edinburgh EH1 2NE
    26 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Notice is hereby given that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the INSTITUTE AND FACULTY OF ACTUARIES will be held at The Hub, Edinburgh on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 16.30 (Preceded by tea from 16.00) and followed by a PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS given by John Taylor.

  • IFAM event - Actuarial Teachers’ & Researchers’ Conference 2019

    Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics Department of Mathematical  Sciences The University of Liverpool Mathematical Sciences Building Peach Street Liverpool, L69 7ZL
    27 June 2019 - 29 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM) at the University of Liverpool is pleased to host the 2019 Actuarial Teachers’ and Researchers’ Conference from 27-28 June 2019. This annual two-day event has been running annually now for many years, each time hosted by a different university, and provides all those interested in actuarial research and education a great opportunity to share their ideas and catch up on the latest developments.

  • IFoA/ASM Joint Professional Skills Training – Kuala Lumpur

    Menara AIA, Auditorium, 99 Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur
    28 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and Actuarial Society of Malaysia (ASM) are organising a joint Professional Skills Training (PST) in Kuala Lumpur. This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Life, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • SIAS: The Impact of Air Pollution on Health and Life Expectancy

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    2 July 2019

    Spaces available

    Air pollution has gained increasing attention lately. Nicola Oliver, head of longevity and mortality research for Medical Intelligence, will discuss not only the impacts of air pollution on health and life expectancy but also how as an industry we should be addressing it.

  • Spaces available

    The actuarial profession has much to offer the world of banking. In this webinar actuaries with experience in various fields of banking will talk about the opportunities there are in banking; describing the actuarial aspects of the work they do as well as other roles within their area of banking.

  • Implications of 2019 IFRS 17 Exposure Draft

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    24 July 2019

    Spaces available

    Towards the end of June, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) is expected to publish an Exposure Draft (ED) of limited changes to its insurance contracts standard IFRS 17, effective date 2022. To help IFoA members, the IFoA’s cross-practice Financial Reporting Group (FRG) is hosting an event at Staple Inn covering these developments. 

    For more information on the FRG please visit this webpage

  • KSS event – The Regulatory Perspective

    Deloitte Saltire Court 20 Castle Terrace Edinburgh EH1 2EG
    5 September 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk, presented by the FCA Head of Department in Scotland, will focus on the following 3 main areas:

    • FCA business plan priorities
    • The future of regulation
    • FCA Engagement in Scotland
  • Sessional Research Event - Risk Margin Working Party

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London, WC1V 7QJ
    9 September 2019

    Spaces available

    For life insurers in the UK, the risk margin is one of the most controversial aspects of the Solvency II regime. Following its implementation, the risk margin came under considerable criticism for being too large and too sensitive to interest rate movements. These criticisms are particularly valid for annuity business – such business is of great significance to the national system for retirement provision. This criticism has led to political interest, and the risk margin was a major element of the Treasury Committee inquiry into Solvency II.

  • GIRO Conference 2019

    EICC, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE
    24-26 September 2019
    Spaces available

    GIRO is attended annually by over 800 delegates and speakers who are keen to discuss key topics such as Pricing, Reserving, Modelling and the future of the insurance industry. GIRO 2018 was a huge success and we have opened bookings early for what we hope will be another brilliant conference at the EICC in Edinburgh this year. 

     

  • Life Conference 2019

    The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1
    20-22 November 2019
    Spaces available

    The Life Conference is the premier event for professionals interested in life insurance.  Offering a wide range of workshops and plenary sessions it’s the perfect opportunity to discover what’s hot and current in life insurance ensuring you get up to date on the latest thinking and innovation whilst meeting and exchanging ideas with a broad range of professionals.

  • Autumn Lecture 2019, London - Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

    Lincoln's Inn The Treasury Office, London WC2A 3TL
    2 December 2019

    Spaces available

    The IFoA is pleased to announce that this year’s Autumn Lecture will feature the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP as its guest speaker.  Nicky has previously served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women. She now chairs the Treasury Select Committee whose remit is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of HM Treasury, along with all of its agencies and associated bodies.